Is Lin real deal or overnight sensation?

He's good, but no star

K.C. Johnson


Chicago Tribune

Jeremy Lin is the real deal — as long as the expectation is NBA rotation player and not star.

There's a reason Lin went undrafted, got cut and sat low on the depth chart until recently. And, yes, his breakout is one of the best storylines of this NBA season. However, Lin's five-game run has come against three bad teams and a Lakers team with an aging Derek Fisher trying to guard him.

Lin appears to be an excellent pick-and-roll player, so that skill should translate to him lasting. And he's also in an ideal system for his skills.

But expect advance scouting to catch up to Lin and his numbers to become more modest. He's in the league to stay, just not to star.

Still too early to tell

Shandel Richardson


Sun Sentinel

For now, we can only refer to Jeremy Lin as an "overnight sensation."

Why? Because that's what he is. It's way too early to tell if Lin will become the "real deal." Give it time. He's done it for just five games. There have been dozens of players to come out of nowhere and produce a few solid games before returning to obscurity.

Remember Flip Murray in 2004?

No way is this an attempt to knock Lin. He's earned all this attention, especially considering his numbers. This isn't Tim Tebow completing one fourth-quarter pass and receiving all the credit.

Lin could very well keep this thing going. Until then, let's just enjoy the moment.


Absolutely the real deal

Shannon J. Owens

Orlando Sentinel

Jeremy Lin is a good story and an even better player than he'd previously been credited for. But I'm less concerned about his point production, 81 points in three games, and more interested in his assist-turnover ratio.

The most impressive thing about Lin is the two turnovers and 10 assists he had in his Feb. 8 debut against the Wizards. His turnovers increased in the following two games (six each), but considering he's had like five seconds to get ready to lead the Knicks' franchise and he has a 5-0 mark, that's nothing.

Lin is absolutely the real deal. The better question is how did so many scouts and NBA "experts" overlook this talent? And how can the Magic get a hold of him?

He's raising Knicks' game

Mike Bresnahan

Los Angeles Times

The signs are everywhere at Madison Square Garden.

The Linternational Sensation. The Lincredible Kid. And, of course, Linsanity.

Jeremy Lin, 23, is deserving of it all.

He has averaged 26.8 points and eight assists in five games, all victories, since the Knicks handed him control of the offense.

Coach Mike D'Antoni's system is definitely point-guard friendly (ask Steve Nash), but there's no way Lin keeps producing like this when Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire return to the team this week.

It's clear the Knicks have found a legitimate point guard and a possible way to threaten the Heat and Bulls in the Eastern Conference.